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26  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Richest and Poorest TV Shows on: February 08, 2014, 11:57:36 pm


27  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Ideology of the Tea Party on: February 07, 2014, 04:30:31 pm
This thread feels like the Yahoo! message boards --> not good
28  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: White privilege and 12 Years A Slave on: February 07, 2014, 04:28:35 pm
We're going to avoid anti semitic tropes such as "Jewish Hollywood", etc. Thanks
29  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MT-SEN: Baucus resigns on: February 06, 2014, 07:25:23 pm
Baucus confirmed 96-0 as new ambassador to China.

Wish him the best of luck. China's become more and more fascist under Xi Jinping, especially in foreign affairs. I do not envy him.
30  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you respect Hillary for staying with Bill? on: February 05, 2014, 01:57:21 pm
How do you feel about Hillary's tolerance and/or acceptance of Bill's affairs, in that she remained with him even when it became undeniable that he'd cheated on her numerous times? I view it negatively in that she'd rather accept a marriage of convienance rather than forge her success on her own. Most of her fake and popular support comes not really from her own merits or her own greatness but purely because of her visibility as the (albeit outspoken and politically active) First Lady of one of the most beloved and charismatic Presidents of the modern era.

The idea that her success isn't her own because of who she's married to is precisely what I don't respect.

Her support isn't fake and is entirely based on her own merit. Obviously, if she wasn't visible she wouldn't have support, but the fact is that she is visible and how she came to visibility shouldn't make a difference. People come to visibility for arbitrary reasons. Obama was picked to be DNC speaker in 2004. If he hadn't been picked - a stroke of luck, essentially - he might not be president today. Margaret Thatcher's career was financed by her husband - if she hadn't married him, she would never have been PM. George Washington was birthed by his mother (not in a log cabin he built with his own bare hands!). If it wasn't for her, he would never have commanded the US army across the Delaware. So should we be feting is mother instead of him? The reality is that everyone is dependent on everyone else to some degree. Hillary's support however is due to who she is as an atomistic individual. If she amicably divorced Bill tomorrow people would be a little surprised but would still support her. This whole idea that she has no accomplishments and is just a big fat piece of lard fed by her husband is some of the most noxious, sexist BS out there.
31  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Hillary Clinton on: February 04, 2014, 03:33:34 pm
Awesome woman, radical at heart, champion of the true working class American, the white working class, black working class, Hispanic working class, the invisible Americans of all stripes... champion of children's rights, intelligent and pragmatic, understands the game of politics and how it is played. Need I say more?

I ask again, Beet.  Are you really supporting Schweitzer in 2016?

Nah, the Schweitzer thing is a bit of a joke/backlash against the whole Hillary is inevitable meme, which as you know I am against. I have always liked Hillary.

Sometimes, I do wish we could get someone younger, but it's not because I have anything against older presidential nominees, it's because I'm afraid other people will be irrationally biased against her because of her age and status as a Clinton.
32  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Hillary Clinton on: February 03, 2014, 10:04:26 pm
Also I support video games and marijuana as much as anybody, but if Ron Paul's policies had been in place in 2008-09, there quite possibly would be no 2016 election.
33  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Hillary Clinton on: February 03, 2014, 10:01:22 pm
Awesome woman, radical at heart, champion of the true working class American, the white working class, black working class, Hispanic working class, the invisible Americans of all stripes... champion of children's rights, intelligent and pragmatic, understands the game of politics and how it is played. Need I say more?
34  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: World Government (Post Here) on: February 03, 2014, 05:28:00 pm
If it's as decentralized as the European Union and based on Western European style concepts of political and civil rights, then yes. Such is merely a fantasy; however, I believe that world government (and likely more centralized than I would support) is where humanity is headed... as soon as the explorers opened up the world in 1450-1750, and then steamships and railroads, it became just a matter of time. It could take 500-1000 years, however.
35  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which Movie was Better? on: February 03, 2014, 05:07:19 pm
Titanic was actually a good movie.

Avatar had decent visuals but I can't overlook the overwrought storyline. It would have been better if they had made it all a fantasy. Start with Jake and a bunch of guys in the mess hall of a spaceship, deep in space approaching to a planet of unobtainium. Jake gets bullied for being in a wheelchair. One of the women on the crew sympathizes and befriends him. He goes back to his room, falls asleep, and starts dreaming. The movie happens. Jake wakes up, tells his woman friend about the dream. She encourages him to write it down as a story. Jake goes and confronts the bully, and cleverly defeats him by programming a robotic avatar. Then Jake goes back to his room and begins writing, with a smile on his face.
36  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Super Bowl XLVIII Pick' Em (Guess score) on: February 02, 2014, 11:15:16 pm
Atlas' prediction record was surprisingly good - most here had the Seahawks ahead, while the Broncos were favored.
37  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Philip Seymour Hoffman dead on: February 02, 2014, 02:37:18 pm
I was just reading in the Washington Post yesterday that law enforcement are reporting an increase in the popularity of heroin.
38  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Chinese Culture Fading as the Country Urbanizes on: February 02, 2014, 02:34:20 pm
At the very least the word 'dynamic' ought to be banned in this sort of context.

The ability to change is one of the hallmarks of cultural survival (and perpetuation).
39  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Chinese Culture Fading as the Country Urbanizes on: February 02, 2014, 12:58:26 pm
"Chinese culture" is not dying, it's just changing- hopefully into something more dynamic. The Cultural Revolution was a pretty big shock to "Chinese culture" as well... as was the introduction of Buddhism.
40  General Politics / Political Debate / Extreme emotion as a debate ornament on: February 02, 2014, 01:18:20 am
"Emotion" is the bete noir of debate (yet paradoxically, the root of almost all of it). To prove that the other person is "irrational" and driven by emotion is the goal, one would think that a debator displaying extreme emotion and zero logic would be the worst.

Yet I have found sometimes, this is not true. A person will make an argument that I do not in any way comprehend, it seems nonsensical, perhaps even I know it is wrong, yet because of the vehemence with which it is expressed it seems more convincing. You will deny it, but it is so. Particularly if the argument is not well understood. But even when the argument is understood to be wrong... it still leads one to wonder where the sentiment comes from.

And this display of emotion as a legitimate buttress of argumentation has rational bases. For (1), reason tells us that phenomena do not simply appear out of nowhere. So if you see a person being very emotional, chances are there is some reason to it, [without saying whether the reason is legitimately connected to the argument, it is likely to be at least peripherally connected]. (2) reason tells us that statistically, people do not form strong opinions without cause. That is, since reason and emotion are connected, if a person has a strong opinion about it, the chances are greater that it is logical in their mind, independent of  your own personal agreement with their verbalization. You can see this in that people who are telling the truth tend to be more vocal about it than liars. If two people with a conflicting story confront one another and one is clearly telling the truth and the other lying, the one telling the truth, statistically, is more likely to become loud and angry.
41  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: PPP: Americans love Peyton Manning & Broncos, Richard Sherman not so much on: January 29, 2014, 05:35:35 pm
I may watch my first football game this season. The Seahawks have apparently never won the Super Bowl in franchise history, so that's a good reason to root for them. On the other hand, since more people are rooting for the Broncos, a Broncos victory would lead to greater overall joy across the nation. So there's positives to either outcome, imo.
42  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Pete Seeger died. on: January 28, 2014, 11:41:22 am
RIP FF.
43  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Texas on: January 27, 2014, 09:47:03 am
Quintessential USA. Most stereotypes foreigners have about Americans, can be found to their highest degree in Texas.
44  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: HI: Hanabusa going for Senate on: January 26, 2014, 08:17:55 pm
We need more women in the us senate!

Allen West for Senate!  We need more African-American Senators.

Or Mia Love for Congress, along the same lines.

Unfair comparison! Hanabusa's no Allen West or Mia Love.

Our point was that a diverse candidate has to be a good candidate, diversity for the sake of diversity does not help. Having a diverse candidate just because you want to, regardless of their stances (or the district's demographics), is a bit of tokenism.

Hanabusa, at least in my own opinion, is not a good candidate, but in any case should be elected or not elected based on her merits, not her diversity.

I agree but my point is that diversity is a matter of degree. Unless windjammer actually supports Allen West and Mia Love then he's not just going for diversity for the sake of diversity. He's considering diversity given that the relative differences between the candidates are small. It's one factor of many, not the biggest by far.

Hardly anyone (and I don't think anyone on this forum) will support a candidate solely because of "diversity". That is what people miss about organizations like Emily's List. They're picking between candidates that are already going to be 90% similar on voting issues. Take me- a huge proponent of more women in politics, but would never even have a shadow of a thought about crossing over to the GOP for that sake, even for an ultra moderate (like Christie Whitman or someone absurd like that that the GOP would never nominate anyway).
45  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Does the lack of a competitive primary help or hurt Hillary? on: January 26, 2014, 08:13:26 pm
Yes = It will help or hurt her
No = It won't help nor hurt her

Tongue

And of course it will help her. Smiley She will look like an already crowned queen while her opponents will fight it out against eachother in a mudslinging wrestling scene. Tongue

Oh my god. This is why I think Hillary will never get a fair shot. No matter what people will bring out the f___ up analogies. Some days I think she should just kill herself because when she married Bill she signed her life away.
46  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: HI: Hanabusa going for Senate on: January 26, 2014, 06:51:47 pm
We need more women in the us senate!

Allen West for Senate!  We need more African-American Senators.

Or Mia Love for Congress, along the same lines.

Unfair comparison! Hanabusa's no Allen West or Mia Love.
47  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rand Paul; Bill Clinton's "predatory behavior" undermines war on women claims on: January 26, 2014, 04:39:39 pm
This is the exact reason why I have zero tolerance for the kind of crap Anthony Weiner and orhers like him pull. It's not personal behavior that's irrelevant to politics. It's consummately political and here we see it being dredged up 15 years later. No matter what you think of the charges there is absolutely zero reason to give them this ammunition.
48  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Anyone else a little antsy about the Dem nomination on: January 26, 2014, 12:19:57 am
being decided on a Mindless Rolling Steamer basis? Even after all this time, I'll admit... part of me wishes Hillary would just step aside for someone younger. It doesn't have to be someone antagonistic to her. Her endorsement would carry nearly as much weight as the strength of her potential candidacy. What I hate the most is those people who don't like Hillary solely because she's a Clinton and we've had "two Bushes" already. I really don't think her being married in the past to a former president is relevant whatsoever. I am worried this crap could drag her down in the General, though. People seem to have a resentment about it that they never had for the Kennedy brothers or even Shrub. Sad
49  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Priorities USA reconfigures for Hillary on: January 26, 2014, 12:12:30 am
But Morden, why is the establishment so desperate for her to run? Because of polls? I'm unconvinced it's the end of the world if she doesn't run. There are other candidates.

OK, let me clarify what I mean further.  Maybe "desperate" is the wrong word.  Let's just say that they very strongly desire it.  Doesn't mean that they couldn't win with another candidate.  But the bulk of the party establishment seems to have convinced themselves that she's their strongest candidate.  Doesn't mean that they're right, but that's what they seem to think.

And the bonus is that there's a belief that if Clinton runs, there's a decent chance that she'll only face token opposition in the primary.  And the establishment also tends to believe that primaries are risky, and it's preferable to just let their candidate skate through unscathed.  Again, doesn't mean that they're *right* in thinking that.  But that appears to be a common belief, based on my reading of the situation.

Finally, there's also the groupthink desire to be on the winning side.  It looks like she's probably going to run anyway, so if I'm a Democratic operative, it's in my interest to suck up to her early and promote her candidacy, because she'll remember that when she's in power.

That makes sense, thanks.
50  General Discussion / History / Re: Which President had the biggest impact on shaping the course of U.S. history? on: January 24, 2014, 07:57:14 pm
Technically, impact is determined by chronological order as each president impacted those after him, and hence their influence "flows through" to the next in a cascading manner. Only a few true greats such as Lincoln might supercede this dynamic, and have more impact than his one or two predecessors.
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